Hands up who’s excited about the new interior design trends for 2020 and is suddenly feeling the urge to redecorate!
I’m imagining lots of raised hands as I write this.
This year, I’ve felt this urge even stronger. Probably because 2020 sees not only the start of a new year, but a new decade too. It’s dizzying to think of how fast the last 20 years have flown by!
20 years ago, I was living in my childhood bedroom, already sewing the seeds for a love of interiors. As it was around this time that I decided to sand and stain my very 80s and very orange pine bedroom furniture.
I’ve never been one to shy away from a bit of upcycling and can only imagine my parents delight when they found me power sanding furniture in my bedroom one day. The dust went everywhere!
Still, that was probably preferable to them finding me smoking or climbing out of said bedroom window, as there was a fair amount of that too.
Anyway, that’s enough of the walk down memory lane. Let’s get stuck into the new interior trends for 2020.
Eclectic Interiors – Mixing Old and New
I’m a huge fan of mixing old and new in interiors. It’s the way I furnish my own home, and I love that it’s both affordable and sustainable.
Another great thing about mixing old and new, is that it brings a sense of individuality to a space. It would be hard to recreate this with mass produced furniture.
If you’re looking for inspiration on pairing old with new, to create something incredibly stylish, look no further than The Artist Residence.
The Artist Residence Hotels are a collection of undeniably cool boutique hotels, dotted around the UK. Their interiors mix old and new seamlessly, to create spaces that you’ll never want to leave.
In the bedroom photographed above, the hotel has combined a modern take on a four poster bed (sourced from Rockett StGeorge), with the rustic texture of exposed brick, herringbone flooring, and vintage pieces, like a French armoire wardrobe.
The overall effect is to create a room so perfect, that I could squeal with joy when I see it!
Sustainability continues to be a huge trend for 2020 and rightfully so.
We’ve seen a meteoric rise in the appetite for using recycled materials. Whether that’s textiles manufactured using recycled plastic, or repurposing and reusing old things.
In the photo below you’ll see vintage copper pendant lights, refurbished for a modern home. As well as vintage chairs, brought back to life with new upholstery.
As we all strive to use and waste less, you can expect to see this trend continue to rise in popularity.
In an echo of the trend towards being mindful of the environment, we’ve seen a rise in popularity for rich, warm and earthy tones.
This trend sees walls, doors and woodwork painted in similar shades, to create a toned back look. The idea is to keep things retrained and neutral, while creating a calm and harmonious feel.
In continuation of the earthy feel, natural materials are also tipped to be a big thing for 2020.
Think textured walls, limewash (low VOC) paint finishes, exposed wood, and linens, for rustic appeal.
Black and White
If earthy tones and natural finishes are not your bag, then fear not, 2020 still has something for you.
For those of you with a more refined taste, be it modern or traditional, then monochrome could be the trend for you.
This classic combination of black and white is arguably timeless and used correctly, can suit both modern or older properties.
Now please excuse me while I swoon over the perfection of this hallway from Paint and Paper.
Plants have been a big trend in interiors for a number of years and 2020 will be no different.
Plants can be an effective way of introducing texture and colour to a scheme, and have the added benefit of being scientifically proven to improve our health and wellbeing.
If you struggle to remember to care for your plants, then I recommend watering them on the same day each week. This makes it a bit easier to remember to care for them regularly.
There are also a number of apps you can use to help you to understand your plants needs. Just search ‘plant care’ in your app store and you will find a number of options there.
Curves are set to be a big thing in 2020 and I’m here for it.
How beautifully sexy are the curves in this bedroom from Est Living?
Though it might be tricky for some of us to incorporate curves into the architecture of our homes, we can introduce them in lots of other ways.
This paper from Murals Wallpaper (below) is beautifully graphic, with a vintage retro feel. As are the mirrors and tiles in the bathroom from Homes to Love.com.
H&M home have brought the 1970s back into our homes, with their hugely popular range of rattan furniture. I have had my eye on the acacia and rattan lounge chair for some time now. It’s beautiful!
Other 1970’s trends you can expect to see in 2020 include corduroy sofas, the colour palette of golds and vivid blues, as well as retro geometric wallpaper designs.
Feature walls may be out, but bold feature ceilings are most definitely in.
Instagram is awash with ceilings boldly painted in a kaleidoscope of colours, from the blackest of blacks, to vivid greens, and even gold.
Pantone announced Classic Blue as it’s 2020 colour of the year, but expect to see lots of different shades of blue throughout 2020.
For example, there has been an increase in demand for navy blue kitchen units. Which, funnily enough, is precisely the colour we’re considering for our new kitchen!
I hope you’re as excited for a new year of interiors, as I am! We have lots of plans for our home this year, which if budget allows, we’re hoping to come to fruition this year.
We would also love to tackle the overgrown and uninspiring wasteland that is our garden. If you have any tips of design inspiration for that, all advice would be gratefully received!